There’s no doubt about it: riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun. Some say it isn’t just fun, it’s a lifestyle. Call it what you will, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcycle accidents occur at 28 times the frequency of accidents involving other types of vehicles. That makes motorcycles super risky for operators. Motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in our country, but they account for more than 14 percent of fatalities on the nation’s roadways. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, give the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg and/or Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney a call right away to discuss your case.
In a nutshell, the NHTSA says to keep motorcyclists safe, both cyclists and drivers must learn to stay alert and share the road. Motorcyclists can help by making themselves more visible and wearing safety apparel and helmets. Riding and driving sober is also important. Contact our motorcycle crash attorney if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Our compassionate legal team can help you put your life back together and hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for the compensation of your damages.
Whether you’re taking a scenic ride down the Pacific Coast Highway or making your way through heavy L.A. traffic, there are things you can do as a motorcyclist to stay safe. The NHTSA recommends that motorcyclists:
- Wear a helmet: A helmet is the most important safety gear a motorcyclist can own. If you are involved in an accident, a helmet makes it 75 percent less likely that you’ll suffer traumatic brain injury and 60 percent less likely that you’ll die from a head injury.
- Wear appropriate gear: It is important for bikers to wear boots, full-length pants, and gloves to protect as much of their bodies as possible from injury. Brighter colored clothing can help improve visibility for others on the road, particularly if you are riding in low-light conditions.
- Keep your motorcycle in good condition: Check the condition of your motorcycle prior to heading out on the road, including the lights, signals, brakes, belts, tire pressure, and horn.
- Know the rules of the road and obey them: Motorcycles must follow the same rules followed by drivers of standard passenger autos.
- Never assume you’re visible to drivers: Take extra precautions on the roadway to ensure your visibility to others, and never just assume you’re being seen.
- Watch your blind spots carefully: Be mindful of blind spots and use appropriate caution to be aware of your surroundings.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to document as much as you can at the scene. Take photos and get the names and numbers of any witnesses. Once you have been treated for your injuries, contact our compassionate Los Angeles attorney right away to discuss your situation. Call our office to schedule your no-cost case consultation.